Cybercriminals targeting appraisers with email phishing scams

How the Scam Works

Cybercriminals are sending emails to appraisers indicating that a complaint has been filed against them.  The email continues describing an investigative process and indicates a, “requirement” of the licensee to reply in seven days or there will be regulatory consequences.  

The email creates an anxiety so the reader opens the link with the attached complaint and procedures.  Once the link is clicked the cybercriminals have an open lane to your computer and that’s how cybercriminals get the malicious code on your computer.  

How to protect yourself from email phishing scams

The National Cyber Security Alliance says cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment.  Take a few minutes and learn to protect yourself and your license against email phishing attacks.  

Learn more about how to protect yourself from phishing scams online at http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/keep-a-clean-machine/spam-and-phishing.

Written and Published by: VanEd



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